Our tips for camping with a baby

Having run campsites for many years, we believe we have some great tips for camping. So if you’re thinking about going camping with a baby, you’ve come to the right place! Planning is key to making your camping trip as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. so read on for our tips to help you prepare for camping with a baby.

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Camping with a baby at Beech Estate Campsite

Photo credit: Mylinh Nguyen

Do a trial run in the garden!

If possible, set up your tent and all your kit in the garden to see how you get on. It’ll give you a real idea of how baby is going to react and might show some real holes in your kit! Sometimes it’s the little things we forget that become the most important.

Don’t go far from home

Pick a local campsite for your first trip camping with a baby. It’ll be easier not to travel too far, means you can head home if baby is unhappy AND is a more sustainable and eco friendly way to holiday. Reducing your carbon emissions whilst having baby’s first camping trip!

Both Pegs and Pitches Campsites are in Sussex, so close to London, Brighton and the South Coast

Try Glamping!

Before you buy all the kit and realise it isn’t for you (hopefully this isn’t the case!), give glamping a go. Pick a campsite with huts, bell tents or other glamping option already set up and your baby camping experience will be a doddle.

Camping with a baby at Sussex campsite

Photo credit: Katlyn Sampson

Both our campsites have bell tents set in beautiful woodland locations that are great for first time campers. We provide ‘wild glamping’, so it really is as close to camping as you can get without having to pack everything into the car! (we even hire travel cots).

See more information on our bell tents here

Prioritising some relaxation

Being in nature is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and our children. So relax and enjoy it! Do enjoy the area and local attractions, but take time to sit back, relax and watch the campfire. Let baby gaze up at the trees swaying in the wind. Camping with a baby doesn’t need to be all action.

Pack baby’s favourite toys

It’ll be a whole new environment for baby so make sure to bring some of their favourite toys/blanket/dummy etc to keep them at ease.

Click here for our full camping tips blog, including a helpful packing checklist!

Choose a quiet pitch

If possible, choose a pitch further away from others for your camping trip with baby. It’ll keep you from getting disturbed during nap time and will give your fellow campers a better nights sleep if baby decides to stay up!

Babies first camping trip at Beech Estate Campsite

Photo credit: Gregory Hills

The camping pitches at Beech Estate Campsite are set in individual glades within the woodland so you have lots of privacy. If visiting during the summer holidays, just make sure to mention you’d like a quieter pitch as the campsite can get quite busy with families.

Take a travel cot

It’s important for you and for baby to get a good nights sleep when you’re camping. So get yourselves a comfortable (and easy to use!) travel cot or stay at a campsite that provides them. Make sure to choose one that will fit in your tent!

Camping with a baby in Sussex

Photo credit: Anna Barska

Bring warm clothes for the nights

This one goes for you and for baby. There’s nothing worse than getting cold on a camping trip. Even in the height of summer the evenings can get a little chilly. Bring extra layers and blankets to make sure the whole family is comfortable.

Make friends with the neighbours

If you are pitched very close to other families, it’s worth introducing yourselves and mentioning the littleun. They’ll appreciate it if baby does have a bad nights sleep as tents unfortunately give little soundproofing!

Make sure to pack plenty of nappies and wipes

There’s nothing worse than running out and they weigh nothing when not used, so make sure you have plenty for your baby camping trip! Wipes will come in very useful for yourselves too.

Click here for more tips in our ‘first family camping trip’ blog


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Coronavirus Update

Based on Government guidance we have opened both Beech Estate and Wild Boar Wood Campsites on July 4th, 2020. *** Please note any new bookings made after July 6th, 2020 until further notice, that are unable to commence due to Government guidance regarding COVID-19, will be offered credit notes for 18 months. This applies to booking made directly on our website only. ***